So you want to go for a hike in Washington State?

It’s amazingly complicated to figure out which passes & permits are required to park, hike, and camp in Washington State. Really, it’s absolutely insane. There are multiple state and federal agencies, some have overlapping jurisdictions, regulations are sometimes specific to a region or particular trail head…

Here are some useful links:

CALL OR GO TO THE RANGER STATION @ REI SEATTLE:
This is the simplest possible way to get information and the passes/permits required: http://www.discovernw.org/ranger-station-rei-seattle.htm

WA STATE DISCOVERY PASS:
General info: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/discoverpass/
General info: http://www.wta.org/action/olympia/discover-pass-faq
Where you need one: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/OpenClosureNotices/Pages/amr_statewide_rec.aspx
Get your pass in-person: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/county/KING/

NATIONAL PARKS, NATIONAL FORESTS:
http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/passes

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One Response to So you want to go for a hike in Washington State?

  1. Anonymous says:

    just so you know… the ranger station at REI does sell some of the parking and entrance passes, but they do not issue “permits” i.e. backcountry permits or volcano passes. they can give you good / general information on what may be needed and direct you to the correct / specific ranger station for detailed information.

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